Sports Columns

Who will have a season worth remembering?

It’s time for another anniversary. A couple of months ago, I wrote about my own anniversary, my fifth year with my wife, which was a joyous albeit subdued occasion. If I remember correctly, we ordered pizza and watched Netflix. Yep, it was that wild of a night. Anniversaries can also ...

LeBron’s legacy is now in place

What will my legacy be? What will I leave behind? At some point in our lives, most of us will ask ourselves those questions because we all want to be remembered and hopefully, for something good. NBA star LeBron James’ legacy is now secured as from now on — he won’t just be ...

Tiger still can draw attention

Tiger Woods can still capture our attention. Even though it has been a decade since he won a major golf tournament, Tiger is one of the few athletes on the planet who gets people to tune in specifically to watch him play. Last weekend, he almost made it worth their while. Any time one of ...

Baseball can still charm us in its own way

After all these years, baseball still has its charms. That was evident over the past couple of weeks as Little League teams from all over the Upper Peninsula have been attempting to win district titles for a possible trip to state tournaments and even beyond. As much as they wanted to ...

Soccer can be your friend

Americans have a strange relationship with soccer. The World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet, and nothing else comes close to challenging it. Even the Olympics, for all of its majesty, pales in comparison to the rampant following that occurs every four years in the World ...

What it’s like to be a reporter

Sports are a way for fans to escape the world around them. That can also be true for reporters. Even though we’re working hard and are under the pressure of deadlines, we still can take some time to enjoy what is taking place in front of us. For a matter of hours, the stresses of your ...

A year of anniversary

Anniversaries can be fun occasions. A few can be unpleasant as this year is the 10th anniversary of the winless Detroit Lions season and the 15th anniversary of the 2003 Tigers debacle, which set the American League record for losses and was one game short of tying the major league record. ...

Who is the best in the Motor City?

Who is the one who will rule them all? That’s the question that’s frequently debated over in sports, sometimes on an hourly basis, and it’s one that was recently asked by the Detroit Free Press. Looking at the course of history, of the four major sports teams that play in Detroit, ...

Fathers have a way to inspire

More than 30 years ago, my father set me on the path I am on right now. Shortly after I was born, he introduced me to the world of sports, well before I could speak or was aware of what was going on in front of me. There’s a photo of him holding me at home as I’m decked out in a tiny ...

Time to celebrate D.C.

The Capital curse is over. Not just for the NHL franchise that bears that nickname, but for the District of Columbia as a whole. For the first time in 26 years, Washington D.C. residents have the chance to climb lampposts, collapse hotel awnings and punch horses just like Philadelphia ...

Danica’s legacy a mixed one

Danica Patrick will always have a story. A week ago, Will Power achieved something many talented drivers of auto racing never do — win the Indianapolis 500. Power already had an impressive resume of 33 open-wheel victories and numerous pole wins, but until last Sunday, he hadn’t won ...

It’s time to go all in with Vegas

Las Vegas has this strange way of capturing people’s minds. It’s a city that beckons you from far away and then when it grabs hold of you, it makes you want to keep coming back. Now its hockey team, the Golden Knights, is doing that same thing to fans across the country. What started ...

Look to the West for fun

It’s getting closer to Memorial Day, but it’s still hockey season in North America. On the surface that might not sound so good, but it’s turned into a good thing this season as the NHL’s conference finals are offering some interesting scenarios. Looking at them all, it’s time ...

Fox Sports can add excitement to PBA on TV

Last week I outlined the schedule of televised bowling for this spring and summer on the CBS Sports Network. But I didn’t get a chance to share what is probably the most important news long-term — that Fox Sports has signed a multiyear agreement with the PBA. For us fans watching on TV, ...

Women get more chances in men’s realm

Progress is being made in pro sports. With one simple decision last week, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks took a major step forward in terms of national importance as they chose to interview Becky Hammon, a woman, to be their new head coach. Hammon isn’t just your typical candidate, either. ...

Bowling can be a summer sport, too

Wait! Bowling season really isn’t over, it’s just ended its main fall-winter-season that mirrors the school year — except we get out around the end of April just like in college. You might keep your local center in mind — in Marquette County, that’s Superior Lanes in Marquette ...

There’s good stories in NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is arguably the most overblown sporting “event” in the country. It’s an exhausting three-day marathon where predictions are given, talk is endless and deals are made. On the surface, it seems rather boring — like any overblown business meeting. However, it gets ...

Junior Gold to take another try

The best-laid plans of tournament directors go right out the window when you’re dealing with winter weather in the Upper Peninsula. But should that still be true in mid-April? That’s what happened on April 15 when organizers of the Junior Gold youth bowling tournament at River Rock ...

America’s pastime needs to adapt

With April just about over, it finally feels like spring in the Upper Peninsula. Even though the season officially began 11 days before March was over, the U.P., as well as most of the states above the Mason-Dixon Line, has been hammered with cold weather and absurd amounts of snow. In ...

Moxley’s moxie reminds us of what’s important

Sometimes we lose sight of what is important in sports. It’s the little things that can matter the most. We can get caught up in the emotions of the playoffs and we can take things too seriously as sports fans, sometimes lashing out at people in public or online. However, earlier in ...